The Convergence Point

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Jumping the Runaway

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We’re on a train going south at sixty miles an hour, with a stone-faced conductor and a tired engineer.The steamer moves on, down the rail to nowhere, and last time I checked, the bridge at nowhere’s out. But the train races on, like it did when nowhere was somewhere.

Local news is riding that runaway.

We keep fueling the coal engine, hoping  our methods will get us through the night like they did when city newspapers competed.  But papers long since stopped competing, in favor of scraping by. 

My paper let go of a good photographer and the senior night editor last week – the last paring away of a larger ‘restructuring’ effort by the parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated, CNHI for short.

We need to jump off that train.

The newspaper industry, for the most part, missed the turnoff before the line to nowhere. Now, worrying about where the train’s headed won’t do our readers, or our papers, any good.  Our model’s broken, and our train’s headed for a broken bridge.

Journalism’s days of laughing at new media ended when the first daily closed it’s doors. Now, we need to champion it, stay on the edge of new media, where our readers are. This era we work in watches our media converge, come together on the Internet platform.

Sites offer more than just print, video, or sound. They offer all three, at once.

That’s what the Convergence Point wants to look at – how papers can adapt, and succeed in this climate of media convergence.


Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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